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Cotton and Hydropower in Central Asia: How Resource Competition Affects Trade
Mesbah J. Motamed (au)
Hardcover (no d.j.)
As growing populations demand more electric power and the need for low-emission energy sources intensifies, interest has risen in hydroelectric power (hydropower) as an alternative to carbon-based sources. However, hydropoweräó»s demand for water resources is pushing up against the needs of agricultural irrigation. Hydropower is a feasible energy source only in certain regions of the world, and it accounts for only about 2% of the worldäó»s energy supply. But its interaction with irrigated agriculture äóî for instance, through competition for water or resource-sharing agreements äóî can generate large effects, from local to international. This report approaches the topic of water competition between the energy and agriculture sectors from a global perspective. To show why this perspective should matter to policy makers, the authors present a case study of cotton production in Central Asia in which they combine high-resolution geographic information system (GIS) data covering crops and river basins with a partial equilibrium agricultural trade model to simulate the international trade effects of different water policy scenarios. Figures and tables. This is a print on demand report.
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